In this hub I collected my favourite Quranic verses, the ones that inspire my life style on day to day basis.
Each time I fall into a swingy gloomy mood, each time I run into a dilemma which is quite often, I end up taking at least one of these verses into consideration. Being a visual person, I find them very capturing as they use strong visual figurative examples.
And whether you are a religious person, spiritual individual who likes to reach God in his/her own ways, a secular, an agnostic, or even an atheist who finds the idea of upper power rather illogical, you can still find wisdom in these verses.
Note: I dedicated this hub to one of my dearest friends, Wejdan, because each time I discuss Qura'an with her, she almost always sheds light on a profound idea, a great ideology or just a beautiful thought.
How Muslims view Mary
Mary in Quran
1) Even Miracles Ask you to Work ...
One of my favourite surhas i.e. chapters in Qura'an is Mariam which is the Arabic name for Virgin Mary.
One of the many touching verses in that beautiful chapter is the verse that describes Virgin Mary as she was going through the physical and mental agony during her labour. In the middle of nowhere, all alone, afraid of the ugly accusations that are to fall upon her once she goes home with a fatherless son.
"And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a palm tree. She said, Oh, I wish I had died before this and was in oblivion, forgotten. (19:23)
But he -Gabriel -called her from below her, Do not grieve; your Lord has provided beneath you a stream. (19:24)
And shake toward you the trunk of the palm tree; it will drop upon you ripe, fresh dates. (Suraat Mariam 19:25)
So Why am I am mesmerized by this verse ?
Shake , the word Shake yes Shake... Even though virgin Mary was going through hell and God could simply have the dates spoon fed to her, she was ordered to shake. It is like God is saying put some effort and I shall help you.
It reminds us that miracles do exist and prayers get answered, but you are ought to put the effort first. And it doesn't matter if those efforts are dwarfish so long you are trying your best to reach your full potential.
Short Video on Backbiting in Islam
"O you who believe! Avoid much suspicion, in deeds some suspicions are sins. And spy not neither backbite one another. Would one of you like to EAT THE FLESH OF HIS DEAD BROTHER? You would hate it (so hate backbiting). And fear Allah, verily, Allah is The One Who accepts repentance, Most Merciful" (Qur'an 49: 12)
This verse resembles a person who backbites to one who eats the flesh of his/her dead brother/sister. Islam defines backbiting as saying anything about a person behind their back in a manner that they wouldn't like.
Backbiting doesn't include complaining from wrong doing or from injustice.
"Allah does not like the public mention of evil except by one who has been wronged. And ever is Allah Hearing and Knowing." (Qur'an 4: 148)
What if my backbiting gossip is based on facts ?
If the backbiting is based on facts then it is defined as backbiting. If you are making the things up, then it is slander.
"Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: Do you know what is backbiting? They (the Companions) said: Allah and His Messenger know best. Thereupon he (the Holy Prophet) said: Backbiting implies your talking about your brother in a manner which he does not like. It was said to him: What is your opinion about this that if I actually find (that failing) in my brother which I made a mention of? He said: If (that failing) is actually found (in him) what you assert, you in fact have backbitten him, and if that is not in him it is a slander. "[Sahih Muslim Book 32, #6265]
"Kind words and the covering of faults are better than charity followed by injury. Allah is free of all wants, and He is Most-Forbearing." (Suraat Al Baqraa - The Cow- 2: 263)
"O ye who believe! Cancel not your charity by reminders of your generosity or by injury, - like those who spend their substance to be seen of men, but believe neither in Allah nor in the Last Day. They are in parable like a hard, barren rock, on which is a little soil: on it falls heavy rain, which leaves it (Just) a bare stone. They will be able to do nothing with aught they have earned. And Allah guideth not those who reject faith." (Suraat Al Baqraa - The Cow- 2: 264)
The Rock Example
The 'rock' example is brilliant. Generally, it doesn't matter how much water you pour over a rock. It doesn’t matter how much soil you spread over it for it will never plant. Similarly, it doesn't matter if you were to feed a nation of poor people if it was followed with injury or reminders of generosity for it will never prosper.
4) What's the Unconditional Condition for Answering your Prayers ?
"When My servants ask thee concerning Me, I am indeed close (to them): I listen to the prayer of every suppliant WHEN he calleth on Me: Let them also, with a will, Listen to My call, and believe in Me: That they may walk in the right way." (2:186)
In all the Quranic versus that start with the statements, "When My servants ask thee concerning....." , the word "say" follows, that is Allah orders his prophet to say the answer to us.
For example in Surat Taha:
"And they ask you about the Mountains: SAY, "My Lord will uproot them and scatter them as dust;" (20 : 105)
However in the previous verse, God just says "I am indeed close". It's like he is talking to us directly which emphasizes on the closeness. He doesn't need to order his prophet to say that God is close.
- Now what's the condition for your God to hear you ?
According to this verse there are NO conditions. Contemplate on it...
It says "I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calleth on Me". Only one condition follows the word "when" and that is "he calleth on Me".
Allah doesn't specify whose prayers get answered, the word 'supplicant' is not preceded with any adjectives. Our merciful God said, every supplicant when he calleth on Me.
5) Burying Females
"The girl who was buried (Mowaoda) alive is asked: (81:8)
For what crime was she killed?" (Suraah Al-Takweer 81:9)
This verse from Quraan was first introduced to me in 5th grade in my school. At the time, I was told that it addresses the phenomenon of female infanticide in eastern countries (Makkah) as it was a prevalent cultural norm for pagan Arabs to bury female babies once they were born. I couldn’t grasp how their systematic murders took place right in the daylight while they buried the helpless beings under the sand.
So that was the interpretation for 1400 years i.e. since the Quraan has been revealed to the Arabs.
Hold On ... Muslims believe that Quran should act as a guiding book to all people at all times. Thus each addressed issue should serve all people across the globe if they were to follow it at all times. Similarly this verse should serve us right now at the 20th century.
Therefore, a lot of the scholars explain that this verse also addresses what is known as female feticide found in places like India, China and other places.
Now, with all due respect to those scholars who for sure know more about Islam and the teachings of Quran than I do currently -which happens to be very little- but each time I read that particular verse; I feel that it touches more in my heart than just the known interpretation.
Especially that in Arabic the words used do not necessarily imply a female infant but rather the word "Moweda" is used. “Moweda” implies the passive verb of kill, so technically it means a killed female, not necessarily an infant or even a human being so long it is a female.
Therefore, I personally happen to find other interpretations for this verse. Some of which are outlined below but I REALLY NEED TO POINT that none of these were excerpted from a religious book and none of them were even reviewed by an Islamic expert. Nothing but my and my friend's mere philosophy so may God forgive me if I happen to disseminate erroneous ideas:
Modern Ways to Bury Females under the Sand ...
1) Objectification of Women
Please check my article Women in Media !!! What Part of her are we Selling? for more on this topic.
2) Sexual Abuse
Especially child sexual abuse. Now how is that different from burying young females under the sand ???
3)Murdering females by underestimating their potentials and locking them up behind doors
The crime is usually disguised under the ridiculous excuse of protection from corruption and harassment.
We were brought up and taught that our Hijab should serve as protection from the lustful eyes, to force men to appreciate us.
We are taught that pearls, diamonds and anything of grand value is always covered, protected and similarly we are the pearls in our communities. We are taught that men should listen to our words instead of locking their eyes around the curve of our breasts.
I personally am fond of these teachings and find them very respectful. There are of course many circumstances and situations where women are encouraged Islamically to take care of themselves, beauty wise, but in general she is reminded that she is a lot more than a body, than a toy, than a pleasure. She is a respectful soul.
Therefore, due to all these teachings, I find it very unreasonable that some eastern ladies claim that our nests lie in our homes. If that is so, why then would we be encouraged to dress up in such complicated manners?
I can picture some of my friends reading and thinking, Noorin is contradicting herself, for she said that she would spend the first 3-4 years dedicated to raising her child while remotely working from home if she ever gets the blessing of raising a baby. And I am by no means against the old traditional housewife lifestyle.
But I am whole-heartedly against having a man locking his daughter, sister or wife behind walls under the claim of protection. I find this scenario indeed resembling the scenario of that man burying his daughter's body in sand and defying God's law that gave both of them the right to participate in everything they desire so long they do not harm others or get harmed. The man in my eyes just literally buried her precious mind, soul and life with his own hands.
Hold On ... Some of these men are not cruel, they are loving !!!
Having been raised in an eastern country, I have had debates with men with similar mindsets. Being the defying girl who once spoke from the (Us vs. Them) kind of mentality, I converted every discussion into a debate. But I have to say that those men are genuinely over protective out of love. I by no means intend to defend their actions but I am positive and certain that those cruel actions are only ignited by fear, by concern and by love. Especially in areas where the country as a whole is always threatened by invaders, by explosives, or by any form of corruption.
Malik Shabir on October 25, 2015:
Beautifully explained. . .
noorin (author) from Canada on June 15, 2015:
Thanks for stepping by, indeed discussions and comments are my favourite section, looking forward for your take on those verses.
noorin (author) from Canada on June 15, 2015:
@Altaf w aliakm alsalam,
Thanks for stepping by.
In regards to safety, I can see how anyone, be it the husband or the wife, would be concerned of their partner's safety and well being, like when I tell my husband not to speed or when he insists to give me a ride in non safe neighbourhoods, this is normal. What I was referring to in the article is controlling partners/fathers, to clarify, a good example would be fathers/husbands who deny their female relatives the right of pursuing education or husbands who prevent their wives from working or brothers who force their sisters to wear the niqab or dress in a certain way ...etc This is usually disguised under "Oh, I don't want her to learn because schools aren't safe" or "I don't want her to work because working will corrupt her", the likes of such excuses don't protect women, they simply oppress women and put them in a very vulnerable position whereby they become reliant upon their oppressors.
In regards to questioning on the day of judgement, what is your proof that fathers/husbands are questioned on behalf of their female relatives? I don't see how my husband will be questioned about my mistakes, he gets to advise me in dunia just like I get to advise him but that's about it, and for argument's sake even if this was true, who is to say that the men know where the right track is? who is to say that the men know better? If anything, the Quran strikes a very good example of a woman who knew the right track and a husband who didn't (Asiya bint Muzahim & the Pharao). On the other hand, there is the example of the wife of Noah and the wife of Lot, the two wives chose wrong paths but neither of the prophets forced either wives towards the right path, nor were the prophets held responsible for the wives, merely because they are all independent adults and each is responsible for his/her actions only.
Sulaiman on April 11, 2015:
I am impressed by the depth of your understanding. Could assist with the translation of 9:30
Mubasher Mubashir on April 11, 2015:
Jazakallah.. It was a wonderfull read..
Quran is word of Allah..we must keep reminding Ourselves.
Snakesmum on April 06, 2015:
Although I'm not a muslim, I am currently reading the Koran, and will make a point of reading those verses you have highlighted.
This was a very interesting discussion from all the responders, btw.
noorin (author) from Canada on January 26, 2015:
@arksys You are very welcome, I am glad you liked it.
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Irfan from Adelaide, Australia on November 12, 2014:
noorin - i read this hub about 2 years ago and have used your example of surah maryam for working hard and putting in effort then letting Allah do the rest ... i just wanted to say thanks for sharing these thoughts...
fateme on September 22, 2014:
Good and great information
noorin (author) from Canada on July 17, 2014:
Myra your comment is what made my day :)
Myra on July 04, 2014:
Thank you for this beautiful article. It really made my day, and it is just what I needed. :) May God bless you
noorin (author) from Canada on May 31, 2014:
@Muhammed Jalal Ameen, I wish the same to you :)
noorin (author) from Canada on May 31, 2014:
@philippa and @Salim The photo is out now :) I guess cause I'm a very visual person, it didn't occur to me that certain photos might be disturbing!
noorin (author) from Canada on May 31, 2014:
@Shifa, thanks for stepping by, your comment really made my day, you have no idea how encouraging it is :) But I must say, just like you, this depth is not always clear to me, I owe this understanding to so many people in my life, to knowledgeable friends, to linguistic instructors, to spiritual gatherings, to my beloved husband, the lists goes on and on ...
Nonetheless, each and every one of us has the ability to see the depth and beauty of certain verses, I'm sure you as a new Muslim will come to understand certain verses better than I would as you will probably appreciate many Islamic values that I might take for granted.
And I am very interested in the solutions that you as a convert found in this holy book, if possible, please do share :) I'm certain that it ll inspire me!
Salim on May 20, 2014:
I agree with Philippa that the backiting image is really too scary :D
Muhammed Jalal on May 01, 2014:
@ Ms. Noorin : It is been so late for me too see your words here. I am not sure you will see my comment here. As a women you have very good knowledge about my Islam and what so ever belongs to it. May Allah Belss you, and show the the way to Jannah.
@ Mr. Jude : Allah is he who shows mercy to believers and non believers equally. And there is the point for your question.
Shifa on June 16, 2013:
Great hub there @noorin. I was going through a really tough time and wanted to find some verses which would strengthen my belief that I would get through it and came across this. Being a new muslim, it has become a precious habit of turning to the Quran whenever in doubt, pain, gloom etc, and before reading your article I had read some more verses which really uplifted me. Though what I liked is the way you have explained the hidden depth behind each verses above MashaAllah! and it wouldn't have been possible to see them unless someone who has read it again and again to understand the meanings and messages. (I pray that I would be able to acquire this particular quality). I congratulate you for your understanding
What pains me most is people around the world fail to realise the miracle that is the Quran and its teachings. I cannot stress enough and words truly fail me to say that its the key to every lock, an answer to every problem, yet people blindly question things, amazingly they ask the wrong questions. May be it is their test, they see what they want, hopefully Allah will make them see the truth
Keep up the good work!
Jazakallah and Allah Hafiz
philippa on October 03, 2012:
the image of backbiting really put me off reading this page, its scary and horrible and at a glance doesn't give a nice impression of the text. people might think negatively towards islam if they see these kind of images with islamic texts. id change it if i were you.
noorin (author) from Canada on September 21, 2012:
Alright so quite of catching up 2 do here :)
@Ali, beautifully explained, I like how the word 'Taqwa' resonated with you. It always strikes me how even though this word was mentioned 151 times in the Noble Qur`an, we tend to forget it. And I will for sure try my best to write something on the main pillar, the verse that free liberates believers from any form of slavery but Allah "La ilha Ila Allah" ! Thanks for the inspiration :)
Great thoughts, please keep on stepping by :)
jessie on September 21, 2012:
is there any verse in quran like this? - ""There is a time to try to find, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away." ... if yes, can you tell me? thanks!
fatima on September 21, 2012:
hi thanks for your favorite verses its nice and enlightening. by the way, do you have any verse in Quran that talk about "slavery"? i mean, i am working in an arab country, office work, but they are not treating us nice. it seems like we are a laborer in the office. i already send them email regarding back biting and it turns their face red. so now i want them to read about "slavery". thanks
johnny on September 18, 2012:
brother, i'm a Christian and I found your article really interesting. Yes miracles do happen BUT you must work and believe it will. For a faith without work is empty and vice versa.
Jude on August 26, 2012:
I am a Christian and so I can never be a brother to a Muslim because according Islam I am a 'non-believer'. How can we achieve world peace with this kind of mindset? For me all the human beings are my brothers and sisters. My priority is to treat a human being as a human being. Religion is my second priority. This is what my great religion teaches me. In our church we pray for Muslims who are caught up in meaningless wars. I don't know whether Muslims pray for Christians in their mosques. Who kills Muslims? In a majority cases it is not Christians, Buddhists or Hindus. Muslims are killing Muslims.
esah on July 27, 2012:
ahhh ok i rest my case now
Ali on July 25, 2012:
Glade to see a fresh whiff of ideas and perception that is intellectually stimulating and introspective in spirit. I believe meaning of the verses of Qur'an hides not within the pinion of words but resides in the heart of the reader. These verse are like a door-way to Truth but its "lock" is our ability to understand (meaning) and the "key" to that lock is the opening of one's heart. Once the heart opens up meanings reveal with the clarity understanding into things. To understand is to liberate ones soul and liberation leads to Taqwa (God Consciousness) and what is God consciousness but being imbued and immersed in the ultimate reality. Sister, I would like you to expound upon the following verse for us as well,
"La ilaha illallah"
Light and Peace.
esah on July 19, 2012:
no problem...ill be waiting,thnkyou so much
noorin (author) from Canada on July 18, 2012:
@Essah, I am very sorry for taking so long but I think it went to my spam but I checked it now and I shall get back to you by tomorrow inshAllah :) I hope my advise helps, lemme know if you have more questions. :)
esah on July 18, 2012:
i have been waiting for your reply from the past 9 days now. i messeged you my problem ..id be grateful to a quick reply so i can start accordingly in ramazan with whtever you suggest...please ma,am .... i really dun have some one around to proprly guide me to islam.
noorin (author) from Canada on July 09, 2012:
Feel free to contact me via hubPages, if you choose to send a direct message via Hubpages, it goes directly to my personal account from there.
You may be required to create a HubPages Account to do that. I hope this helps :)
esah on July 08, 2012:
ma,am i want to ask you a few questions . please let me know where to contact you . id like the to query in privacy since i have some personal issues that i dont want to be disscused in public.
waiting ! thankyou
noorin (author) from Canada on June 26, 2012:
Salam Asma, I am glad you liked the posts. It would be my pleasure to help, please send over the details in a direct message or send me your e-mail and I will contact you.
asma farooq on June 26, 2012:
assalam o alaikum noorin, very interesting posts. i want ur help in the topics i m preparing for teenagers in gulf country. perception of success, perception of fun, percetion of education, perception of love. please help me in the above topics in the lighht of islam.
noorin (author) from Canada on June 17, 2012:
Salam Dr Abdul Majeed Bhatti,
Please do share what kind of solutions are you getting from this article.
Dr Abdul Majeed Bhatti on June 17, 2012:
assalam o alaikum, i m getting all of my solutions from Qur´anic verses. 00923214042036 is my cell nmbr. i m from lahore,pakistan
noorin (author) from Canada on June 17, 2012:
Thanks a lot Khawer, I really appreciate your kind comment, I will be posting more articles soon so keep on stepping by :)
khawer on June 16, 2012:
Sister noorin; it was wonderful and precious time while i was going through the entire page. Please keep writing because you have one new reader of your hub pages ,
Thanks again for such a wonderful effort.
noorin (author) from Canada on June 13, 2012:
I am glad you found it inspiring, this comment just made my day. InshAallah, I shall keep on learning more and hopefully sharing what I come across.
Keep on stepping by,
Salmoon Faiaz on June 13, 2012:
As salamu alaikum,
@ Noorin, I stuck to this page when I began to read your article. That really inspired me . Keep it up. I'm not a female, but still I could feel a bit what you felt. Keep learning more and share more.
Ruby on June 07, 2012:
Jazakallah Khairan Sister...may Allah(swt) guide us, protect us and give us Hiqmah. I just made a small d'ua for you, and for all of us, that we be guided by Him, always! As our Lord says, 'Hold on fast to the rope of Allah'...
Be well Inshallah.
Gulfreen Butt on May 29, 2012:
SubanAllah, Further to my previous comments,I would like add that Noorin you are trying to explaining very well to Muslims and the People of the Book, who seems to have misunderstood Islam and been for centures on the offensive side and challenge Quran Verses, and reject Islam religion. Also I would like to reflect on the saying of Christains, who seems to always pick on The Verses of The Quran out of context and dismiss the real Message of Allah to them.
Allah sent The last Messanger Prophet of Mercy Mohammed PBUH, for all Mankind and Jinns, Arabs Pagan, Jews and Chritains. Allah warns all Mankin infact us Muslims as well if We didn't believe in Him and in His signs and revelations sent before Prophet Mohammed PBUH and after they will not succssed in the Hereafter on The Day of Judgement.
I am going to list some of very enlightening Verses of The Quran and Pray that Allah will Guide us all to the right understanding of His Message to us all Mankind.
O people of the Scripture! (Jews and Christians) Indeed, Our (Prophetic) Messenger has come to you making clear to you (Our Commands) after a break of the (coming of the Prophetic) Messengers, lest you say: “There came not to us any bearer of glad tidings or a warner (against evil)”, so now there has come to you a bearer of glad tidings and a warner, and Allah has power over all things. (5:19)
Say (O beloved Prophet): “This is my Way. I invite towards Allah, I and those who follow me having inner-sight, and Glory be to Allah, and I am not of the idolaters”. (12:108)
Our Prophet (saas) preached to the People of the Book with love and affection.
Allah's commandment, Muslims must first invite the People of the Book to say,“There is one Allah” in other words to be monotheists. SAY, ‘PEOPLE OF THE BOOK! COME TO A PROPOSITION WHICH IS THE SAME FOR US AND YOU–THAT WE SHOULD WORSHIP NONE BUT ALLAH and not associate any partners with Him and not take one another as lords besides Allah.’ If they turn away, say, ‘Bear witness that we are Muslims.’ (Surah Al ’Imran, 64)
God warns the Christians that they need to desist from Trinity or they have disbelieved. Surah 5:72 and 5:73
O People of the Book! Commit no excesses in your religion: Nor say of Allah aught but the truth. Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) a messenger of Allah, and His Word, which He bestowed on Mary, and a spirit proceeding from Him: so believe in Allah and His messengers. Say not "Trinity" : desist: it will be better for you: for Allah is one Allah: Glory be to Him: (far exalted is He)above having a son. To Him belong all things in the heavens and on earth. And enough is Allah as a Disposer of affairs.(4:171)
Indeed, those who believed and those who were Jews or Christians or Sabeans [before Prophet Muhammad]- those [among them] who believed in Allah and the Last Day and did righteousness - will have their reward with their Lord, and no fear will there be concerning them, nor will they grieve-(Translation of The Quran by Sahih International Surah 2:62)-- Please note This Verse means if any one who rejects Allah's last Messanger after he Prophet Mohammed PBUH, invited People of Book will not succssed. Those P of B before him will have no fear. If People of the Book accept Allah's last messanger as well it will be double reward for them on The Day of Judgement.
Allah says "This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion".(Soorah Al-Maa'idah 5:3)
Allah says "If anyone desires a religion other than Islam (submission to Allah (God) never will It be accepted of Him" (Soorah Aal'imraan 3:85)
Allah says "Abraham was not a Jew nor Christian; but an upright Muslim." (Soorah Aal'imraan 3:67)
I pray all believers and unbelievers will have better understanding of Islam religion, and please don't Judge a Book by its cover or by its people in haste, ask always Allah(God) for Guidance, He will Guide you to the truth and don't hesitate to ask questions, Islam gives all the answers to your wonderings as its a complete religion, Guidance to all Mankind from your creator, We have a purpose on this Planet Earth so find out and not remain blinded, if you wish to enter Heaven. Allah Bless and Guide us all...SALAM-PEACE!!!!.
Gulfreen Butt on May 28, 2012:
SubanAllah, Allah bless you Noorin, I am very pleased and impressed with your hub and very happy to find someone on same footing as myself . MaShaAllah You seem very intelligen and eloquent woman doing a wonderful work in the Name of Allah and you seem to have really great understanding and a true knowledge, Guidance, Wisdom and Enlightenment of Islam and Hadiths. You are giving true message of Islam to believers and unbelievers and that's how I understand my religion as well. Specially the subject on Hajab close to my heart and you have explained it very well, this misunderstanding subject has caused alot of problems in the World and I believe hajab is in the eye of a man and women and we need to education our sons and daughters and there is no need to wrap ourself under tones of clothing and Mummyfiy ourself while we are alive to make a point or a statement, one doesn't judge a book by its cover. We all men and women should know how to dress up where man or woman will not feel being stared upon. Allah says don't slander believing women and do't judge anyone they might be better then you.I rather put more emphasis on doing Good Deeds,and Allah tells us in Surah Baqrah, summary of The Quran righteousness is not turning your face East or West or in ruminants(clothes)but doing good deeds, paying Zakat, charity, fasting, lokkin after orphans and poor and spending wealth in dawah and Allah love those who fight against Oppression, Tamlut which is worse then killing etc. I like to reminde everyone Allah calls whoever believes in Him and religion of Islam and does righteouse deeds will not worry or grief on The Day of Judgement and those will enter Heaven. Allah Bless you and may continue to Enlighten and give you strenght to carry on doing good works and reward you in this World n Hereafter,InShaAllah---Allah Guide us all.
noorin (author) from Canada on May 27, 2012:
@N.Irvin, I couldn't agree more, even though Islam has given people the right to protect and retaliate when appropriate, it makes it very clear that forgiveness and patience are more rewarding ! May Allah grant us the blessing to be of those who forgive when in power :)
@Adnan, thank u very much for the nice comments, May Allah grant us to be humble and to realize that our knowledge is and will always be limited !
Both of ur comments are great reminders so please keep on stepping by ...
Adnan R. Amin on May 27, 2012:
Here I am in Bangladesh - instantly feeling connected to living, breathing body of Muslims. I'm amazed by so many people striving in the way of Allah ...some asking, some answering: but all striving nonetheless.
I am reminded of the angels' doubt when Allah (SWT) decided to send Adam (PBUH) down to the Earth. And the Almighty replied that they (the angels) didn't know what He knew. Perhaps, our Lord was alluding to this very spirit ...this love ...this pure, pure devotion reflected in this hub.
What I see here is truly, truly beautiful.
N.Irvin on May 20, 2012:
Hi there, I just happened to be in the internet neighbourhood here, and I was reading some of the older comments on the page. A few of them talk about holy wars and things like that. On top of that, there is the issue of how it is taught to retaliate when wronged for self~defense and whatnot. While I have always agreed that one should actively protect themselves, I do also remember my favourite verse when people ask me about terrorism and Islamic violence. I tell them I understand why they act in such violence, but I in no way endorse it. My favourite verse of the Holy Qur'an when this issue comes up is that of (42:43) which some may know says:
"But indeed if one is to bear with patience and forgive, truly that is to be an affair of great resolution."
noorin (author) from Canada on May 11, 2012:
W Alikm Al Salam Almas,
Thank u very much for the kind comment and most importantly the lovely duaa ! I really appreciate it :)
I have been not writing for a while now but inshAllah, I will have more similar topics in the summer so stay tuned and keep on stepping by.
Muhammed Almas on May 11, 2012:
As-salamualikum Warahamtullah !!
Trust and pray this finds you and your loved ones in good health by the Grace of Almighty Allah. Many thanks for sharing your knowledge. May Allah bestow upon you his bountiful blessings of peace, prosperity, success and good ness of this life and in the life here after.
noorin (author) from Canada on May 08, 2012:
Thanks for the kind comment and lovely du3a ! May Allah bless you as well :)
Keep on stepping by !
mudzy on May 08, 2012:
subhanallah. one word;AWESOME! may Allah bless you,here and hereafter.
noorin (author) from Canada on May 07, 2012:
W Alikm AlSalam @optimist ! Thanks for the support.
My home country is Yemen, and I am living in Canada atm but why do you ask ?
If I am not mistaken, you are from India , right ?
optimist on May 07, 2012:
Assalam o alaikum
Awesome! The way you explain is quite refreshing and clarifying.Please keep it up.May Allah bless you.May I ask which country do you live in right now and what is your home country?
noorin (author) from Canada on May 02, 2012:
@Awais, your comment just made my day, so glad my simple hub was a reminder, we all need reminders every now and then :)
noorin (author) from Canada on May 02, 2012:
@P4K1ST4Ni, thank you but please take in consideration that I too may have misunderstandings, I try my best to do comprehensive research before I write anything but we are humans thus subjected to mistakes and Allah knows best :)
noorin (author) from Canada on May 02, 2012:
@sajid w Alaikum Alsalam, thank you for the kind words, I too have yet a sea of knowledge to learn from but I try my best to distinguish the right and wrong with what I have.
Unfortunately I agree on that we lack great leaders, just today's revolutions are enough of a witness that we lack great leaders !
However, I still have hope, we may have given leadership roles to the most unworthy people but I guarantee you that we still have the capacity and if we go with your 1st advise and follow the paths of those great individuals (Ummar, Abu Bakr, Aisha ...etc) and follow your 2nd advise by uniting like we ought to, we would again be in the forefront of great nations like we once were.
As for getting Duniyah out of our hearts, I think we need to remind ourselves more often that the the hereafter is the permanent life.
This doesn't mean we don't enjoy whatever pleasures we have been gifted in Dunyia given that they are not haram or harmful. If anything, avoiding haram means avoiding what is harmful, cause Allah Sub7abh w T3alah created us and knows what is best for us thus his teachings are a guidance to the true happiness, which I believe is the best and only way to earn happiness in both Dunyia and the hereafter.
Your thoughts are insightful so keep on stepping by :)
Awais on May 02, 2012:
ohhh! thank God I read this. its just the reminder that i needed. jazakallah . thankyou my brother.
P4K1ST4Ni on March 30, 2012:
Assalamu alaikum sister!
keep up ur good work because there are too many misunderstanding in the minds of non-muslims. They just forget the context of the verse when it was revealed rahter directly jump to the conclusions.
Sajid on February 29, 2012:
Assalamu Alaikum Noorin, I am pretty much amazed to see your depth knowledge...
It really hurts me when I see people misunderstand Islam...I don't know what's the actual reason but somehow media and some bad people are responsible for it....
I'm just a simple Muslim who has very little knowledge about Islam but with the help of that knowledge I can distinguish what is wrong and what is right...
Sometimes I wonder how can a Muslim person do wrong things(such as cheating, stealing, robbing, bribing, and so on all things that considered as bad deeds)...I always n always wonder but never get any answer....when I hear a Muslim did it...I just cry...what was the teaching of our beloved prophet(pbuh)? there is a famous Hadith that goes somehow like this..one day prophet(sws) was so tensed when one shahaba(as) asked the reason, he(sws) said he(sws) is worried about his(sws) future generations, also said my(sws) future generations will not worship sun moon or any idols but they will be so obsessed with this duniya that they will do all bad deeds......
Nearly 1.5 billions muslims but just doing nothing to be united as a nation when Allah himself ordered not to divide and always hold the rope of Allah n His last messenger(sws).....
I appreciate our forefathers who showed the humanity how to live a real Muslim life...this world truly owe to those Muslims....
if we Muslims can produce one more Abu Bakar, Omar, Usman and Ali (may Allah be pleased with all of them) then I believe we Muslims can be one nation again.......we are lack of Great Leaders....the love of this worldly thing can never ever produce a true Muslim leader.......
What do you suggest?? Allah has bestowed on you great knowledge....Allah said His help is near.............................
noorin (author) from Canada on February 08, 2012:
Thanks Arafat, I appreciate ur comment & I'm glad u liked it :)
Couldn't agree more! Our tongues recite those verses but not everyone follows the very ayah u mentioned in taking the time 2 reflect and ponder upon the lessons we recite !
Keep on stepping by.
Arafat on February 08, 2012:
Jazaki Allah khair! Truly amazing in depth analysis that made me look at the verses from a completely new angle! I am more mesmerized by those verses than I've ever been! I think for that reason, Allah has asked us to Contemplate and comprehend rather than just merely read the Qur'an when he said "Then do they not reflect upon the Qur'an, or are there locks upon [their] hearts?" (47:24).
The verse of Suraat Mariam (19:25) is indeed a lesson in putting an effort into making things happen.
I look forward to reading more insha'allah.
noorin (author) from Canada on November 27, 2011:
I am glad u did :)
Abdullah on November 27, 2011:
Thank youf ro sharing these important verses with us.
I have them inspiring, just like I find ALL Quranic verses inspiring.
noorin (author) from Canada on October 25, 2011:
Salam Shobis, I haven't seen the debate yet but I have seen a bunch of lectures by Yusuf Estes, yeah hes good :)
I ll pray 4 u, remember the door is always open :)
shobis from Pakistan on October 25, 2011:
I think Debate between Zakir Naik and Dr Willam Cambell is very good for our borthers and Sisters in Humanity.
Lectrues of Yousuf Estes are also very impressive .
Pray for me as I believe in ALLAH yet so far far away from his teachings.
noorin (author) from Canada on October 12, 2011:
Salam Alikum brother,
I am no where near of being a perfect Muslim either :( I keep on disappointing myself but the perfect thing about Islam is that the door is always open, no matter how much u sin :)
39: 53 Say, "O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah . Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful."
Btwy ur comment just made my day, I really appreciate it :)
Ali Durrani on October 12, 2011:
I just happened to stumble upon your article sister. I was in a really gloomy, and depressed mood and had googled the two words "quranic verses" and your post came up. It definitely opened my eyes and broadened my thinking (which I really needed). I am no where near of being a perfect muslim, but I am trying. May Allah bless you for this sister and forgive the ones that not know what they mumble, for a great and painful afterlife awaits them.
& to DirtyBarach: you really need to touch up on your readings of the Qu'ran. Have you spoken to muslims around your area? Do you merely watch Fox News & believe into the propoganda? Have you met an Imaam in your entire life? Try to step out of your cirle and comfort zone, and do something you've never done to learn something you don't know nothing about brother. Hatred gets you nowhere, I guarantee that. You can email me at:
noorin (author) from Canada on August 19, 2011:
sigh @DirtyBarach16, I have read this book a million times and nope I haven't ran across such verses ... Good thing the book is standard and not a single letter is different from one version to another so how about u enlighten me by sending those verses and I ll try my best to explain them to u ...
The reason Quraan has gained such a bad image is coz of people extracting partial verses to fulfil certain agendas so make sure u extract entire verses * Not to mention, the Ignorant ppl who can't even read Arabic let alone translate it end up translating a complex book that I wouldn't dare translate ... * That. in addition to the terrorist attacks that have been attached to Islam has created a false image about a book that has been a source of MERCY, GUIDANCE & KNOWLEDGE ...
Anyhow, is it any of the verses mentioned by @MyFriend up there? if they are , I have already replied so I hope it helps 4 now =)
DirtyBarack16 on August 18, 2011:
You Forgot the hundreds of verses Promoting killing and death to the infidels.Have you seen those verses?
noorin (author) from Canada on May 28, 2011:
ASA - Zubair, im glad u liked it =) Keep on stepping by.
Zubair Ahmed on May 25, 2011:
ASA - Noorin,
Very nice and informative hub. Thank you so much for sharing.
noorin (author) from Canada on April 04, 2011:
Zainejazz, thank you very much ... From all days, I needed this comment the most today =) My dream is to get people to see what I see in the Quraan and even better, feel what I feel ... Words keep on failing me but hopefully one day, they ll say what this book is worth =)
Keep on stepping by =)
Zainejaz from Quetta on April 04, 2011:
Noorin simply the best content I go through via internet!! Keep writing I must say you will get better n better, and finally one day write the content that becomes golden words of history... :)
noorin (author) from Canada on January 21, 2011:
@Randslam, I almost forgot to get back to u on Hijab ...
To me hijab is not just an obligation but rather a liberation.
U keep on mentioning self control and restraining one's self from lustful thoughts... If that is the case then why is it that even the most sophisticated and developed countries along with the most intellectual individuals keep on treating humans -women in particular- as mere objects.
Im not even talking about molesters or sexual abusers, im talking about entities in our societies ,,, If u could explain to me why is it tht wen companies sell CARS , freaking machines, they have almost nude ladies modelling by them ...
I have Quraan on one side telling me that im a lot worth than just a piece of meat ... That a guy should cherish and value my soul before he is to enjoy my beauty. On the other hand, i have guys saying things like "she was only a 1 nite stand" and smart gurls who have been so degraded by individuals who judge, treat and even manipulate them based on their looks. Gurls whose self esteem has been destroyed and if it hasn't then y is a mini skirt in -40 C so common now. And all for one cause, to please those who so claim that beauty is there to be enjoyed with ...
But then u have ppl who say, u dnt need to exploit or objectify ur self , just wear modest comfy clothes and my reply is who is to define modest ? Is it the media ? Gosh I would rather die than dress like Lady Gaga. Is it the fashion designers, last time I checked their definition of beauty was anorexic bodies.
Therefore, I choose to go with God's definition of what is modest. Why am I so sure that Hijab is his definition ??? ... Well, I have his miracle lying on my desk -the Quraan-, read it and get back to me =)
U could also check my article on objectification https://hubpages.com/politics/Women-in-Ads-What-pa...
noorin (author) from Canada on January 20, 2011:
@aphrahman, u ve just inspired me to write another hub that highlights ur questions =)
noorin (author) from Canada on January 20, 2011:
@randslam, Im glad that Somalian girl found peace with what ever values she came to grasp but it would break my heart if she was confusing culture with religion. Just coz ur community follows particular practices, doesn't necessarily mean that it is Islamic.
Ppl are ought to stop reading about the Quraan and not reading the Quraan and they are ought to stop learning about Islam from ppl who lack the slightest clue of this merciful religion, be it those clueless ppl were non-muslims or even muslims.
Take me as an example, I do not always follow the teachings of my community or else I wouldn't be wearing the Hijab so proudly.
Regarding how praying 5 times a day wasn't working 4 her ... all I know is if a God is out there, we should worship him the way he wants 2 be worshipped and not the way we want to worship him ... Common sense states tht wen u work in a plc, u follow the rules of the employee rather than dictate the rules ... Regardless, i doubt tht her issue was the praying itself ...
Being a Muslim who likes to understand Quraan in the language that it was sent i.e. Arabic, 'infidel' doesn't exist in my dictionary... Im quite aware that you will find it in mistranslated English versions of the Quraan. Fortunately, having Arabic as my first language, I could assure you that the word 'infidel' is mistranslated.
Regardless, can all humans without exclusion be kind, sharing ...? etc. Of course, they can. Im not even sure why ur bringing this up ? Did the guy on CBC say that Muslims claim that humans couldn't be kind without their teachings ???
At the same time, I dare anyone to oppose the teachings of the former prophets and still be kind, loving or even peaceful.
My firm faith of the former statement doesn't come because my community appraises prophet Mohammed (PBUH); if they sincerely did, they would be following his teachings instead of carving their own. But im certain that no 1 would be able to stand for that dare without hitting extremes and if Im not mistaken, we both agreed that moderation is key.
You say u dnt like organized religions and I wouldn’t blame u if u hv been frustrated with wot ever it is tht u ave tried b4 … I totally agree with u tht some, if not most religions have obvious contradictions, have instructions tht serve no one but man-made desires and political agendas.
But wen u say all religions have too many flaws in their logic so is it fair to assume that you have studied all religions? If ur not an atheist, then what kind of God do u believe in? Is he merciful? If he was, he wouldn't leave you and all those humans with no guidance what so ever.
Is he fair? This world seems extremely unjust, at least to me ...
If he were to impose fairness now or later then shouldn't he provide at least the basic laws, some sort of a rubric ? Its simple, one can't run just trials without a constitution.
Besides who is to define right from wrong? If im not mistaken not too long ago, segregation based on colour wasn’t just okay but rather the right and moral thing to do and if im not mistaken women were not allowed to vote in US up until the 1920’s.
And if im not mistaken atrocities and genocides continue to happen in this very century be it in the east or the west…
In my opinion a just God wouldn't equalize the wrong doers with the right doers. And if he were to differentiate, then it would only be fair for him to provide guidance to all individuals or else he would be unfair to the wrong doers themselves.
Besides what about relativity in ethics, for some 1 like u or me, murdering is obviously wrong –I would hope so- yet for another killing certain ppl is okay and yet for another killing is totally okay … We ave this spectrum without even attempting to dive into all the controversial grey matters ...
My point is our knowledge will always be limited, we r not aware of all the past, we can’t predict the future and even our interpretations of the present r extremely limited so what kind of a God would leave such weak limited individuals without guidance and wot kind of arrogant individuals would we be, if we denied the fact that our knowledge is limited…
Now given that a divine creator knows the past, present and future, his guidance should be able to withstand change factors such as time, diversity … etc by applying flexibility without having 2 alter the basic tenets …
And once again, I don't know about Christianity but if Islam was against creative thinking then why does the Quraan urge people to use their minds, why is to so forbidden to just follow, be it following forefathers, communities, friends or even so called religious commands without understanding?
Why on Earth am I obligated to use my mind before following any Muslim Scholar? It would make my life easier to just count on others to give me jurisdictions to follow but I would be contradicting the Quranic teachings.
And why is the word 'READ' the first word in Quran? If dialogue is not part of my religion then why is God considering 'language or ability to communicate' a great bless that humans should be grateful for.
And why is the prophet ordered in the Quraan :
“Do not argue with the people of the book unless it is in the politest manner” Quraan (29:46). This order is not merely limited to the People of the Scriptures, but applies with equal force to those following other faiths.
Finally Randslam, having read ur hubs and seen the kind of questions u come up with, im certain tht ur capable intellectually to dig deep enough to find the truth … The only thing tht restrains ppl from finding the truth is either intellectual laziness or addiction to desires ... and im sure tht ur not cursed with either ... My only recommendation would be not to paint all religions with the conclusions u ave reached from ur previous religion …
Keep on stepping by =)
Rand Zacharias from Vernon, British Columbia on January 18, 2011:
I am very liberal--nothing to hide there. It is the conservatives that scare me.
In listening to a recent broadcast on CBC a young lady who grew up in Islam has come to be a famous "Moslem Atheist," whose name I didn't catch on the radio--ugh!
At any rate, she moved to the Netherlands and came to realize after being schooled to pray five times a day and worship Allay, following the Qu'ran, that it just wasn't working for her.
Her family was living off of the welfare funds that a non-Muslim nation was offering, allowing them a free education and yet tolerating their intolerant beliefs. She came to a point of revelation that the teachings of her parents and community, she was born is Somalia, were not true.
Infidels could be kind, sharing, generous and loving without the teachings of Muhammad.
I had a similar upbringing in a zealous Christian cult and though I'm not an atheist the forms of structured religious institutions do not appeal to me. Each of them has too many flaws in their logic.
I believe in continuous dialogue of reason, creative thinking, and logic. Each of these is often sorely missing in zealous leaders of violent cults--Christian or Muslim.
aphrahman on January 15, 2011:
Hi Noorin and all,
I had gone through this hubs and good to learn it as such, (nowadays human mostly depended on artificial things so hard to make them understand - whereas those days human mostly depended on natural things which is related to creator of the nature who is super natural power-God/Allah).
I would like to share one thing is I am very much interested in one of the versus in Quran is 5:3, this happen in first Haj with Prophet Mohammed (1410) years ago, also, there were 1,24,000 prophets/messengers came but in their holy book not mentioned it but in the Quran.
You may explain it better I feel.
noorin (author) from Canada on January 13, 2011:
@Randslam, regarding Hijab: U obviously know that my answer is NO, it doesn't.
And I promise to elaborate and not just elaborate but even tell u how I came to fall in luv with Hijab after roaming around many liberal and conservative parts of the world before settling temporarily in Canada. I say came to luv because to be frank, I didn't always have those sentiments towards Hijab. But I would highly appreciate if u could kindly answer my questions below.
Why should girls or guys dress at all ? Lets say this isn't Canada and its not -40 outside and ur daughter decides to go to a party almost or even totally nude where normal i.e. hormonal guys and men, mabe even perverts r going to have fun. What would ur input or recommendation be and why?
Ur daughter decides to strip to pay her tuition fees, what would ur recommendation be ? Does the idea make u want to jump out of the window, r u okay with it , or simply indifferent coz u want her to learn from her own experiences without attempting to shape her ideas ?
Honestly, those are not set up or trick questions, im just trying to understand ur exact position towards Hijab, u can say im trying to measure how liberal or conservative u r :P
Looking forward 4 ur reply =)
noorin (author) from Canada on January 13, 2011:
@Randslam, I appreciate ur comment but trust me, my queries r rather shallow. I am ought to give Quraan what its truly worth and I dnt think my words r doing it.
I haven't been able to find a single society that has been transformed radically through a single text, the way Muslims changed when they actually followed Quran… Anyhow thnks =)
Regarding Mary, I have to say that even though the Quraan did not come to cancel the messages in the Bible or the Gospel, stories of Jesus’s birth, crucifixion, and miracles are different in the Quraan.
Now, I have limited knowledge about Christianity, but according to my understanding below is a list of the differences between the two views in regards to Mary. U r more than welcome to enlighten me, if u think tht my lines aren’t reflecting the Biblical narrative accurately:
1- From an Islamic view, Jesus (PBH) is indeed a prophet –full stop- not a God and not the Son of God.
2- Jesus did not have a father hence: the Virgin Mary. He was born miraculously. The Bible has a similar view but what follows this miracle is different in the Quraan. From an Islamic perspective there is NO loving husband i.e. Joseph.
After she conceives, Mary is left with a burden –both physical and mental (the fear of scandal)-. Instead of being protected by Joseph, her labor takes place alone under a date tree in the desert. She gets God’s comfort as he speaks to her in the lines found above in the hub.
3- As soon as she returned back to the people, another miracle took place to prove her innocence and to prove that the birth itself is an actual miracle: Jesus (PBH) –the newly born baby- spoke in his cradle since silence was imposed upon Mary.
According to Quran in Surah Maryam, this is Jesus's 1st miracle.
So she pointed to him. They said, "How can we speak to one who is in the cradle a child?" [19:29] [Jesus] said, "Indeed, I am the servant of Allah . He has given me the Scripture and made me a prophet. [19:30] And He has made me blessed wherever I am and has enjoined upon me prayer and zakah as long as I remain alive[19:31] And [made me] dutiful to my mother, and He has not made me a wretched tyrant. [19:32]And peace is on me the day I was born and the day I will die and the day I am raised alive." [19:33] That is Jesus, the son of Mary - the word of truth about which they are in dispute.[19:34] It is not [befitting] for Allah to take a son; exalted is He! When He decrees an affair, He only says to it, "Be," and it is.[19:35]
According to the Bible, his first miracle is turning water into wine at the age of thirty. Reference: John 2: 1-11
For further details on how Islam views Mary and Jesus PBH,I would recommend this documentary:
It is not highly technical yet interesting to say the least.
Please see the comment below in regards to Hijab.
Keep on stepping by, ur comments are always interesting and inspiring -more hubs to write about- =)
Rand Zacharias from Vernon, British Columbia on January 13, 2011:
I am impressed by your in-depth queries of the Qu'ran. As I haven't studied the Islamic Holy book--I do have some questions.
Regarding, Mary--is Joseph not mentioned as the father of the prophet, Jesus, in the Qu'ran? Mary was not a single mother, tho' the virgin birth created conflict. However, some claim that because Mary and Joseph were promised to one another the disgrace was not as difficult as the practice of "bastard" or illegitimate children who were sent to orphanages--when born out of wedlock during the Victorian era of England.
Back biting...of course, the gospels speak of gossip as an evil. Bearing false witness was certainly frowned upon, but likely, participated in by jealous people who wished evil to befall successful members of society. We see all too much of this in western society today.
Burying females in the sand. I find these various interpretations fascinating, as to the practice of stoning buries a woman to the hip in sand before this atrocious act.
When we think of the ostrich buring its head in the sand, could not the covering of the female form be denying observation be a burying of the creation of the female gender?
Is it not up to each individual to remove lustful thoughts and actions overcoming them with knowledge and respect? This is one of the issues I have with the Hijab, although I respect the tradition as it is a form of humility that eliminates the possibility of carnal thoughts--tho' as you mentioned in another hub--some may be tantalized by the mystery of only seeing flashing eyes.
Thanks for the illuminating hub, and I look forward to your response.
noorin (author) from Canada on January 11, 2011:
Thanks @Morson ... I am glad u did ... Keep on stepping by =)
noorin (author) from Canada on January 01, 2011:
G Miah thank you so much ... Ur prayers literally made my day =) I luv Quraan and I wish I could show myself and others if even half the value it contains ... May Allah give me and u the blessing of memorizing, deeply understanding and practicing this book =)
Gous Ahmed from Muslim Nation on January 01, 2011:
Noorin your hub is awesome! I love the way you have broken down the verses. The backbiting is one that people always ignore and probably do not take heed in because some believe as long as it is fact it is permissable. That's what i was told until i read and understood about backbiting.
May Allah grant you jannah for sahring such information and helping muslims and non muslims with the understanding of some verses of the Holy Qur'an.
noorin (author) from Canada on December 10, 2010:
Glad u liked it... keep on stepping by =)
Syed on December 10, 2010:
Hey great post.. and even better is how you tackled "your friends" comment :)
noorin (author) from Canada on December 08, 2010:
Thanks Malik , keep on stepping by =)
Malik Irfan on December 08, 2010:
thanks for sharing knowledge. May God help u in future
noorin (author) from Canada on December 02, 2010:
Dear Gulnazahmad, I appreciate ur comment and respect your opinions. Therefore, I replaced Mary's picture even though the main point was to show how both Christians & Muslims portray Mary in a modest figure. Regardless, I understand how muslims avoid drawing sacred figures like her so I took it off... I also took off the other images but I didn't remove the pic of the gurl simply because its not racy, besides it does reflect many facts in one image ...
gulnazahmad on December 02, 2010:
Noorin you always write on very informative Islamic topics and I love your writings not just because I can get benefit from it but because I know that those who do not know about Islam will also get benefit. The pictures I was talking about were one of marry as we in Islam do not make the pictures of human beings so you should not add that one and the other one is of the girl you have given with Sexual Abuse. I mean your hub is great without them don't put those pics because it is not allowed in Islam.
Keep writing good hubs like these!!!!
noorin (author) from Canada on August 10, 2010:
Below are my references. Though the wording is not mine per se, it matches what I personally believe in =)
noorin (author) from Canada on August 10, 2010:
@YourFriend, I just realized that my comment was super long indeed and that half of it was cut off. Sorry about that =P. Below is the rest.
"She did not fight".
Now that the definition of war has somehow been cleared out … Let's take a look @ the ethics of such a defensive war.
Abu-Bakr's -the Caliph- instructions to Usama's Campaign on Syria :
“Do not betray or be treacherous or vindictive. Do not mutilate. Do not kill the children, the aged or the women. Do not cut or bum palm trees or fruitful trees. Don’t slay a sheep, a cow or camel except for your food. And you will come across people who confined themselves to worship in hermitages, leave them alone to what they devoted themselves for.”
And those captives or prisoners were not the result of terror wars but rather wars with Maccah Pagans and those pagans were only fought when they fought the prophet and his believers. So once again, it all boiled up to self defence.
Now, let's skip to 89 - Befriending non-muslims:
Have no unbelieving friends. Kill the unbelievers wherever you find them. 89
I could also add to it:
[O ye who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors: They are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them (for friendship) is of them. Verily God guideth not a people unjust.] (Al-Ma’dah 5: 51)
At first sight, those verses seem to contradict the (Al-Mumtahinah 60: 8-9) verse found above.
But if u will allow me, the verse u provided uses the word "wali". In the other verse, the word "Awliaa" is used. Which is the plural of the word "wali".
The correct translation of the word ""wali"" is not "friend" but it is someone who is very close and intimate. It is also used to mean "guardian, protector, patron, lord and master".
In the Qur'an this word is used for God, such as [Allah is the Protector (or Lord and Master) of those who believe. He takes them out from the depths of darkness to light…] (Al- Baqarah 2: 257)
So the correct word that should be used instead of friend is patron.
This verse is not telling us to be against Jews or Christians, but it is telling us that we should take care of our own people and we must support each other. The new term would be patronization.
Some scholars say that this verse (i.e. the one you referred to) was revealed after the Battle of Uhud when Muslims had a set back. At that time, a Muslim said, "I am going to live with Jews so I shall be safe in case another attack comes on Madinah." And another said, "I am going to live with Christians so I shall be safe in case another attack comes." So God revealed this verse reminding the believers that they should not seek the protection from others, but should protect each other. (See Ibn Kathir, Al-Tafsir, vol. 2, p. 68)
I personally have non-Muslim friends, some who are even closer to me than some other Muslim friends and nothing is Islamically wrong with with that so long I keep my own faith and commitment to Islam.
Besides, Muslim men are allowed to marry Jew or Christian women. How on earth would u allow a person to marry individuals from other religions yet forbid them from befriending them.
Killing the unbelievers wherever you find them ….
Please take in consideration the order at which these verses were revealed to the Muslims.
The first verse was revealed regarding Jihad is as follows:
“To those against whom war is made, permission is given (to fight), because they are wronged – and verily Allah is Most Powerful for their aid – (They are) those who have been expelled from their homes in defiance of right – (for no cause) except that they say, ‘Our Lord is Allah’. Did Allah not check one set of people by means of another, there would surely have been pulled down monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques, in which the name of Allah is commemorated in abundant measure. Allah will certainly aid those who aid his cause, for truly Allah is full of strength and might.” [Surah al-Hajj: 39-40]
Thereafter the such verses were revealed regarding Jihad when Muslims were directly attacked.
“Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for Allah loves not transgressors. And kill them wherever you catch them and drive them out from whence they drove you out, for terrorism is worse than killing. But do not engage in combat with them at the sacred mosque unless they engage you in combat there. But if they combat against you, kill them. Such is the reward of those who suppress faith. But if they cease, Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. And combat them on until there is no more terrorism or oppression and there prevail justice and faith in Allah. But if they cease, don't let there be hostility except to those who practice oppression.” ?[Surah al-Baqarah: 190-193]
Thus the scope of killing or Jihad or what ever term you shall choose is limited to self defence against those who suppress people from their faith and deny them the freedom of choosing their religion. Muslims are not supposed to just stand by while people are being denied the right to believe in Islam and their voices are being crushed.
In other words the spread of Islam, is supposed to take place peacefully by disseminating the Message with the written and spoken word. There is no place for the use of weapons to compel people to accept Islam. Weapons could only be drawn against those who persecute and oppress others and prevent them from following their own consciences in matters of belief
3)Quran Surah 5 - The Table Spread -One of my favourites too-
First off, that is not verse 72. I believe u are referring to verse 33. And it doesn't mention Christians what so ever.
One cannot quote 33 without quoting 32 (prohibition of murder) and 34 (command to forgive)
5:32-34 ...If any one slew a person - unless it be as punishment for murder or for spreading corruption in the land - it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people. Then although there came to them Our apostles with clear signs, yet, even after that, many of them continued to commit excesses in the land.
So if anything this verse is anti- terror. I always understood this to be the punishment for armed robbery so more like 1st degree murder.
But I also know that in the history of Islam the crucifixion practice has not been committed ...Some schools of thought believe that perhaps the crucifixion punishment was solely mentioned to deter from the crime at the first place.
Nature_Boy on August 09, 2010:
noorin (author) from Canada on August 09, 2010:
@YourFriend, knowing how enlightened and open u are, I am certain that u ll read the entire comment ...U won't necessarily change ur mind but u ll be open to the ideas. =)
Keep on stepping by . J . ..
noorin (author) from Canada on August 09, 2010:
@MyFriend, I appreciate ur comment pal. Long time no see J.
I am just curious to know if u have read the Quran before, and that doesn't include googling verses or skimming through the book hurriedly ;-)
I realize that my reply is super super long but bear with me. Anyhow, like any other proper analysis, its unfair to grab some lines out of a book to provide a review. Usually reviewers take context, time of publication, author, order and lots of variables into consideration. Im not gonna ask u 4 that. But I would still appreciate if we could just take the context of each verse. You will also notice that I attempted to take the Quran as one integral whole rather than compiling it in independent pieces.
Now, let's go over ur favourite Quranic Verses:
1) Quraan -Surah 3 - The Family of 'Imran
Please correct me if I'm wrong but Im assuming ur referring to 3:85
85. And whoever seeks a religion other than Islam (Submission to Allah), it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers.
First, surat Imraan starts with the following verse;
3:1 It is He Who has sent down the Book (the Quraa'n) to you (Muhammad PBUH) with truth, confirming what came before it. And he sent down the Taurt (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel).
So the Surah does confirm that God himself has sent the Torah , the Gospel and the Quraan.
Why would a merciful God admit to sending 3 books for 3 religions and then promising to reject those who didn't follow Islam after they die ?
He also says in 2:62
2:62 VERILY, those who have attained to faith [in this writ], as well as those who follow the Jewish faith, and the Christians, and the Sabians – all who believe in God and the Last Day and do righteous deeds – shall have their reward with their Sustainer; and no fear need they have, and neither shall they grieve.
In human words, its saying believe in God, believe in the Day of Judgement which includes a couple of other beliefs like the belief in angels, the prophets ... and so on, and follow the righteous action in life and u shall never grieve.
But then how come the verse u mentioned above emphasizes the importance of Islam ?
Islam is not a religion in the conventional sense but a complete, and a universal way of life for the whole of mankind. As such we cannot say that Islam is one of the many religions that exist today. It is a way of life as outlined in the Qur’an that revolves around submission to ONE GOD. Following from all these it can be said that there is no contradiction between verses 2:62 and 3:85 as all the prophets brought the same fundamental messages from God, which He specifies as “Islam” in the final Book (The Qur’an).
In this sense whoever submits to the will of God and follows His guidance is following ‘Islam’. There are many Christians who do not believe Jesus to be the son of God and at the same time fulfil the requirements as given in verse 2:62. Similarly there are Jews who meet the same requirements, and no doubt there are people of other faiths who also do the same, i.e. following the same fundamental principles as the Qur’an commands.
That is not to say that there are no false religions like the ancient Arabian practices of worshipping idols and stones. There are also, abrogated religions, that were taught by Prophets who came before Muhammed (PBUH). They all belong to one origin -God- but Islam came and took their place. Not with regard to basic beliefs such as the existence of ONE God, the angels, the prophets ... etc for these are matters which all the Messengers have in common, but there are differences between them with regard to ways of worshipping and getting closer to God.
Bottom line, does Islam respect other religions ?
Yes, The Qur’an includes some verses that emphasize on respecting other faiths. To name a few, verses 3:64, 5:48, 22:40, 67-69, and 49:13. Note that 22:40 speaks about Allah’s protection of mosques and also the places of other religions in which the name of God is often mentioned.
2) Quraan - Surah 4: Women
I noticed that u selected verses 74 and 76. Not a fan of odd numbers, are ya ? ;-) I know, I hate them too … lol
So all I will do is add verse 75 which numerically comes between 74 and 76 to give both of us the opportunity of comprehending the verses properly.
74. Let those fight in the cause of Allah Who sell the life of this world for the hereafter. To him who fighteth in the cause of Allah,- whether he is slain or gets victory - Soon shall We give him a reward of great (value).
75. And why should ye not fight in the cause of Allah and of those who, being weak, are ill-treated (and oppressed)?- Men, women, and children, whose cry is: "Our Lord! Rescue us from this town, whose people are oppressors; and raise for us from thee one who will protect; and raise for us from thee one who will help!"
76. Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah, and those who reject Faith Fight in the cause of Evil: So fight ye against the friends of Satan: feeble indeed is the cunning of Satan.
First things first: we need to define religious wars or fighting in the cause of Allah. And to be fair, I shall only bring such definitions out of the same book we are reviewing. According to the Quraan, war is decreed in self defense, and not in imposing Islam as a religion.
Allah Almighty says: “To those against whom war is made, permission is given (to fight), because they are wronged – and verily Allah is Most Powerful for their aid – (They are) those who have been expelled from their homes in defiance of right – (for no cause) except that they say, ‘Our Lord is Allah’. Did Allah not check one set of people by means of another, there would surely have been pulled down monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques, in which the name of Allah is commemorated in abundant measure. Allah will certainly aid those who aid his cause, for truly Allah is full of strength and might.” [Surah al-Hajj: 39-40]
“ Fight in the way of Allah against those who fight against you, but begin not hostilities. Lo! Allah loveth not, aggressors.” (Al-Baqarah: 190)
The verse is crystal clear , begin not hostilities ...
But if that's not enough, let's refer to another verse that clearly defines fighting and clears any misconceptions. God has clearly forbidden Muslims from fighting those who fight not their faith or drive them out from their homes.
Referring to this, [Allah forbids you not with regard to those who fight you not for your faith, nor drive you out of your homes, from dealing kindly and justly with them. For Allah loves those who are just. Allah only forbids you with regard to those who fight you for your faith, and drive you out of your homes and support others in driving you out, from turning to them for protection (or taking them as wali). Those who seek their protection they are indeed wrong- doers.] (Al-Mumtahinah 60: 8-9)
In all these verses God, or if u don't believe in a God then the author of this book is giving Muslims the permission to fight only if war is made upon them. Fighting should be directed only against fighting troops, and not to non- fighting personnel.
This is also in compliance with the prophet teachings who once said "Be good to him in his captivity" referring to a prisoner that had been brought to him from a war. The prophet also, provided his captives with dates and water, and shelter from the summer sun.
And those captives or prisoners were not the result of terror wars but rather wars with Maccah Pagans and those Pagans were only fought when they fought the prophet and his believers. So once again, it all boiled up to self defence.
But hold on, what about those bombings, this Jihad term that has been accompanied with a lot of tragic events.
Well, for starters, being a muslim doesn't necessarily imply that ur following Islamic teachings.
I am a Muslim myself and I am certain that I have an infinite number of sins that contradict with the teachings of the book I just admired. After all,I am no angel. =P
People disobeyed our prophet when he was alive as in one of the battles, a woman was found killed, and this was denounced by the Prophet saying "She did not fi
noorin (author) from Canada on August 09, 2010:
Wow, i have some catching up to do ....
First things first @Nature_boy;
Thank you very much for the detailed comment. I enjoyed reading ur philosophy. I share ur amazement with Abraham's story. It is indeed a courageous and faithful act. Regarding on which side u are, I was just like ya but then I realized that I didn't need to take sides ... Perhaps coz each side has its own philosophy; differences in point of views and lifestyles only add a spice to our lives, besides combining philosophies and coming up with a theory the way u did is a lot better than choosing a side. So I do agree with you on the fact that there are millions of ways in solving imbalanced issues.
Unfortunately, tragic stories like that sick abusing man do exist.... =( And I agree with ya, some jobs are just not rite for particular genders. Though rare, those jobs do exist.
I know that some men tend to like descent women but at the same time I encourage these men not to fall into the trap of judging. To judge a person solely based on their behaviours or choice of lifestyle, one would really need to take their entire context into consideration b4 attempting to judge, and since we lack any knowledge of their situations we should at the very least spare people our judgements. Or at the very least, we should keep the verdict to our selves.
And once again, I am by no means, pointing fingers at any society, community or belief ... For I am certain that even over protective or controlling men, do so out of fear or love. I luv ur theory about needs. Ur wife and sisters r lucky individuals and must be blessed to be in a house with such a philosophy. =)
And I guess we both agree on the sexual harassment part.
Anyhow, ur comments are always provocative and add a lot of value to my hubs. I appreciate them.
Your Friend on August 08, 2010:
These are my Favorite Quranic Verses - Lines that Changed and bought shock in my Life ,
Quran Surah 3: The Family Of 'Imran
All non-Muslims will be rejected by Allah after they die.
OH really lol
Quran Surah 4: Women
Allah will bestow a vast reward on those who fight in religious wars. 74
Believers fight for Allah; disbelievers fight for the devil. So fight the minions of the devil. 76
Have no unbelieving friends. Kill the unbelievers wherever you find them. 89
If the unbelievers do not offer you peace, kill them wherever you find them. Against such you are given clear warrant.
Quran Surah 5: The Table Spread
Those who make war with Allah and his messenger will be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet on alternate sides cut off, or will be expelled out of the land. That is how they will be treated in this world, and in the next they will have an awful doom
Christians will be burned in the Fire. 72
Nature_Boy on August 08, 2010:
In the beginning my conscious is pushing me to say to the world that Qur’an was and will still be the greatest Holly Book ever existed and I ask all of who read these words with all kindness to read some pages of it to make sure that it does really deserve to be a life guidance and an Edifying morals book
I agree with you that miracles require some effort to be done from us, I can’t imagine the pain that Marry, as well as her fear from the accusations which will fall on her which will stab her Purity in away that reminds me with prophet Abraham’s pain who had waited along time before his son Ismail was born, prophet Abraham who was ordered to slaughter his son. I am really shocked with the braveness of this child who accepted to be a sacrifice for his great god, and I admire the patience of a man who got ready to sacrifice his only son, I imagine the horror of this situation and the faith of these people in there God, there contentment with the his predestinations, and most of all, that the large amount of compassion and mercy that came down on them and the miracle of the ram from the sky instead of his son, a gift for them for their patience in there exam.
I also agree with you about backbiting and I'd like to add that Islam was very careful in the dissemination of good morals and the elimination of bad habits of speech among the people, The Prophet Mohammed said, "He who believes in Allah and the Lat Day let him show hospitality to his guest, and he who believes in Allah and the Last Day let him maintain good relations with his kin, and he who believes in Allah and the Last Day let him speak good or remain silent." (Al-Bukhari and Muslim).
Once when I was a kid ( that child who didn’t live his normal childhood) I saw a scene depicts a style of burying female childes, a scene that makes you cry in grief upon the innocence that disappears under the sand and upon the Idolatrous man for burying a piece of hem for fear of shame.. And I finish the rest from your point of view.
But wait!! The Qur’an first of all came as a mercy for those wronged butterflies, to defend their right to live, to get back there taken smiles, to eliminate this practice Which contradict to the commands of God.
I spend many days thinking of the modern ways of burying women, first let me say that however opinions and believes differ, there is no different truth that Qur’an came to eliminate this practice, and the main reason for the existence of these conflicts are the man and at the same time the woman.
I have my own traditions and principles and I thought and repeat thinking over and over again trying to decide in whom side I am, I will try to summarize it with the coming theory (still a personal philosophy).
I would like to say that Adam was found first. And Eve came out and as a part of him- regardless of the existence issue and all of that - but what concerns me is that they were mainly one person this means that a Man is equal to Women, and her comes my first question that had God’s wisdom required to separate them without a cause?
That lead us to a true fact that the man completes the woman and the woman completes the man and no one can overlook the other. But each one of them has his roles and jobs in life; the important thing here from my point of view is that they need to find a type of balance to ensure the completion among them.
Therefore, first, as you mentioned about underestimating female's potentials and locking them up behind doors (it must be acknowledged here that there is a poor understanding of the needs of women as well as their potentials, but in return there is a misunderstanding of the instincts of men) and in order to achieve this integration I assume that we must make a balance between the sides of the equation woman’s needs = man’s instincts.
Woman needs = Are the solutions to extend bridges of communication and understanding in a conscious and open ways so that there is predisposed to respect the other opinion (usually there are millions of ways to solve the imbalance issue)
Man needs= I red a lot of opinions and views, but I tried to seek it with my senses, personally; me as a man in the first, my instinct tells me that it is my duty to save and protect the most precious thing I own- my woman- not locked behind doors, but the preservation and protection to ensure her comfort and to provide a happy life for her (I think it can’t be achieved at the expense of the other side i.e.: happiness is shared)
Instincts of women from the viewpoint of the man = the most important are her sense of security and his existence by her side whenever she needs him and the ability to depend on him (doesn’t mean that she can’t depend on her self) because I thought of millions of instincts that could come up to the man’s thought, to reduce these probabilities and to reach a state of compliance solutions must be found through mutual understanding and ongoing dialogue open.
The reason for my proposal to the above theory that I came with it from a TV tragically story of two kids who are no more than eight years old working to dawn in collecting hardware from garbage then sleep till noon and then repeat the same work, The reason for the displacement of the children and blow up there brilliant future into pieces is a man (in fact not a man) asleep at home and his wife go out of work comes to him with money, who buys drug with it, a bug in the understanding of roles and jobs.
This doesn’t mean that woman doesn’t have the right to work, not at all; we encourage her to work and create as well, but in a way that doesn’t contradict with our traditions and teachings of our religion and work in the areas that fits her as well as for a man who also doesn’t fit all jobs.
As for the girls ads, I do not deny that there are a lot of the men who exploit women to satisfy their needs and achieve their interests of personal benefits, despite the acceptance of women to that use by her participation exploiting her in that form; I blame men who considering that woman’s personality is more influence able than a man, But what I'm here to tell you with confidence Stop” We are sick of these uses the bad-but to admire and fined those pictures, we don’t admire or even like these type of women” in contrary, we only like and love descent women who we can ensure a peace of mind and happy life with them.
As for sexual harassment, particularly children, I can say nothing but a few words. What kind of persons that can do this act?? And how can he live with what he did or do? I want to say that the two children in the above story faces continues attempts of sexual harassment, where it is known as the amount of psychological impact that this kind of act does on them and the difficulty of dealing with it.
I always enjoy your hubs and I look forward to read your next.
noorin (author) from Canada on August 03, 2010:
It seems like the images have caught everyone's attention more than anything else. Therefore, I replaced the backbiting photo ... It's still disturbing but hopefully isn't as disturbing as the previous one =)
noorin (author) from Canada on August 01, 2010:
Thanks @Sandyspider, im sorry 4 the disturbing photo but it was meant to be ... Im sorry about the father, but I guess its quite common =(
I really appreciate ur comment, thanks 4 stepping by =)
Sandy Mertens from Wisconsin, USA on July 31, 2010:
That backbiting photo was disturbing. The overprotective father t-shirt, I can relate to. Thanks for sharing the Quranic versus.